Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says Arsenal’s efficiency stopped Spurs from attacking in Sunday’s north London derby defeat however admitted they performed higher after happening to 10 males.
Tottenham’s method on the Emirates Stadium has drawn criticism after they solely registered one shot – Erik Lamela’s excellent opening purpose – within the first 70 minutes as Arsenal fully dominated proceedings.
The efficiency comes after Spurs boss Jose Mourinho dismissed claims earlier this month that his aspect had been ‘a unfavorable group’.
Alderweireld feels Arsenal’s show curbed Tottenham’s assault within the 2-1 defeat, though the Belgian believes Spurs did enhance after Lamela’s sending off within the 76th minute.
He stated: “If it was that simple I feel everybody would play 100 per cent attacking soccer, so I feel you need to give credit score to them [Arsenal].
“Within the video games earlier than we scored quite a lot of objectives, performed attacking soccer and pressed – that is what we wish to do.
“However typically due to the opponent or due to ourselves we do not get to that stage we wish.
“We wish to assault, we now have the gamers to assault however typically it is the opponent as nicely.
“In fact we are able to enhance, we all know that. We will play rather a lot higher. I feel our greatest moments within the sport had been after we performed with 10 males, so that claims sufficient.
“I feel we’re enjoying attacking soccer and we’re scoring quite a lot of objectives, so we must be constant.
“We have now to be again on the best way we performed earlier than the Arsenal sport and that’ll deliver us success, for positive.”
The stirring try to conjure an equaliser after Erik Lamela’s sending off solely damned what had come earlier than. Why had Jose Mourinho’s aspect been so passive? What purpose was there for such an insipid opening on condition that they’d gained 5 in a row coming in?
Mourinho has his strategies, boasting a outstanding report towards Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. He had gained his earlier two towards Mikel Arteta’s model too. Maybe he and his gamers had been too tempted by the template that had labored towards prime groups earlier within the season. However this was no Mourinho masterclass.
What can have harm is that Spurs had been in a position to trigger so little issues of their very own. This was not an Arsenal group to worry. The chance was there to impose themselves on the sport.